It’s a whole new mobility landscape out there—and regulators need to figure out their role

By on 17/01/2020 | Updated on 20/05/2020

With the mobility landscape facing some of the most disruptive changes since the invention of the automobile, governments need to be proactive rather than reactive in their oversight of emerging transport technologies. The challenge is to regulate in a way that fosters innovation while protecting privacy and increasing access.

While today’s mobility ecosystem—including everything from ride-hailing to drone delivery—holds the promise to move people and goods faster, cheaper, and more safely, the opposite reality may be just as possible. That is, transit that is less safe, more congested, and minimizes public use. Governments can help prevent the latter scenario by focusing on some core regulatory mobility challenges: the safety of autonomous vehicles; the secure management of data; and the minimizing of congestion and increase of access. By applying the guidelines below to these areas, regulators and policymakers can work to address a range of complex mobility issues:

  • Shift from “regulate and forget” to a responsive, iterative approach
  • Prototype and test new approaches by creating sandboxes and accelerators
  • Focus on results and performance rather than form
  • Move from one-size-fits-all regulation to a data-driven, segmented approach
  • Align regulation nationally and internationally

Even more, regulatory bodies need to address new mobility technology in a way that considers all of its potential. Because only with a forward-looking and comprehensive approach can governments proactively shape tomorrow’s mobility environment.

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